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quote by Christopher Hitchens: In a Pyongyang restaurant, don't ever ask for a doggie bag. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

In a Pyongyang restaurant, don't ever ask for a doggie bag.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: Endless praise and adoration, limitless abnegation and abjection of self; a celestial North Korea. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Endless praise and adoration, limitless abnegation and abjection of self; a celestial North Korea.

--Christopher Hitchens





quote by Christopher Hitchens: Any critique of realism must begin with a sober assessment of the horrors of peace. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Any critique of realism must begin with a sober assessment of the horrors of peace.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: What if, I never tire of asking, we said 'Secret Council' instead of the archaic and therefore cuddly 'Privy Council'? with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

What if, I never tire of asking, we said 'Secret Council' instead of the archaic and therefore cuddly 'Privy Council'?

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Don't write in to ask whether I would prefer Gingrich to Clinton. Ask, rather, whether Clinton prefers Gingrich to you. Go triangulate yourself. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Don't write in to ask whether I would prefer Gingrich to Clinton. Ask, rather, whether Clinton prefers Gingrich to you. Go triangulate yourself.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Among the privileges of being a superpower, the right and the ability to make a local quarrel into a global one ranks very high. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Among the privileges of being a superpower, the right and the ability to make a local quarrel into a global one ranks very high.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: In effect, nobody who is not from the losing classes has ever been thrust into a death cell in these United States. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

In effect, nobody who is not from the losing classes has ever been thrust into a death cell in these United States.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: There is no such thing as notoriety in the United States these days, let alone infamy. Celebrity is all. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

There is no such thing as notoriety in the United States these days, let alone infamy. Celebrity is all.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: How is the United States at once the most conservative and commercial AND the most revolutionary society on Earth? with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

How is the United States at once the most conservative and commercial AND the most revolutionary society on Earth?

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Nihil humanum a me alienum puto, said the Roman poet Terence: 'Nothing human is alien to me.' The slogan of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service could have been the reverse: To us, no alien… with background image: photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime
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Nihil humanum a me alienum puto, said the Roman poet Terence: 'Nothing human is alien to me.' The slogan of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service could have been the reverse: To us, no aliens are human.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: It would not be an exaggeration to say that the land question in Zimbabwe is the single most decisive one. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the land question in Zimbabwe is the single most decisive one.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The few heroic sluts on this great working-girl turf. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The few heroic sluts on this great working-girl turf.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: There is no reason at all why there aren't enough people to guard New Orleans and to help stabilise Baghdad. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

There is no reason at all why there aren't enough people to guard New Orleans and to help stabilise Baghdad.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: Authors who moan with praise for their editors always seem to reek slightly of the Stockholm syndrome. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Authors who moan with praise for their editors always seem to reek slightly of the Stockholm syndrome.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: Take the risk of thinking for yourself. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Take the risk of thinking for yourself.

--Christopher Hitchens


quote by Christopher Hitchens: What do you most value in your friends?
Their continued existence. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

What do you most value in your friends?
Their continued existence.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: We live only a few conscious decades, and we fret ourselves enough for several lifetimes. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

We live only a few conscious decades, and we fret ourselves enough for several lifetimes.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Happiness is fleeting and life is brief, but we know that, nonetheless, life can be savored and that happiness, even of the ecstatic kind, is available to us. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Happiness is fleeting and life is brief, but we know that, nonetheless, life can be savored and that happiness, even of the ecstatic kind, is available to us.

--Christopher Hitchens






quote by Christopher Hitchens: Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed--in view of the overall shortage of time--by patience. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed--in view of the overall shortage of time--by patience.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do not become unmentionable; to let some air into the discussion. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do not become unmentionable; to let some air into the discussion.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I don't consider myself to be that credulous. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I don't consider myself to be that credulous.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The fact is: It's true what they say about the United States. It is a land of opportunity. It is too various to get bored with it. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The fact is: It's true what they say about the United States. It is a land of opportunity. It is too various to get bored with it.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I do not believe any of the statistical claims that are made about public opinion. I don't see why anybody does. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I do not believe any of the statistical claims that are made about public opinion. I don't see why anybody does.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: I've been to Uganda and to North Korea and to Eritrea, countless horror spots around the world. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I've been to Uganda and to North Korea and to Eritrea, countless horror spots around the world.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I'm terrified of losing my voice. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I'm terrified of losing my voice.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I worked out early on to give up things I couldn't do well at all. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I worked out early on to give up things I couldn't do well at all.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I joined a small but growing post-Trotskyite Luxembourgist sect. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I joined a small but growing post-Trotskyite Luxembourgist sect.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Littera scripta manet -- 'The written word will remain'. That's true, but it won't be that much comfort to me. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Littera scripta manet -- 'The written word will remain'. That's true, but it won't be that much comfort to me.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: A speech idiosyncrasy, in the same way as an air quote, is really justifiable only if it's employed very sparingly and if the user consciously intends to be using it. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

A speech idiosyncrasy, in the same way as an air quote, is really justifiable only if it's employed very sparingly and if the user consciously intends to be using it.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I think I write in a fairly self-confident manner. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I think I write in a fairly self-confident manner.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it's American or British interests involved. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it's American or British interests involved.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I used to wish there was a useful term for those of us who thought American power should be used to remove psychopathic dictators. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I used to wish there was a useful term for those of us who thought American power should be used to remove psychopathic dictators.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I don't think souls or bodies can be changed by incantation. Or anything else by the way. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I don't think souls or bodies can be changed by incantation. Or anything else by the way.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: If you can talk, you can write. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

If you can talk, you can write.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I have nowhere claimed nor even implied that unbelief is a guarantee of good conduct or even an indicator of it. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I have nowhere claimed nor even implied that unbelief is a guarantee of good conduct or even an indicator of it.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I think the materialist conception of history is valid. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I think the materialist conception of history is valid.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I'm not that keen on the idea of being unconscious. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I'm not that keen on the idea of being unconscious.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I mean, what would I be doing if I couldn't write? But that fortunately hasn't proved to be the case and I can read any day. I still read a lot, and I can write any day, but much more slowly and fewe… with background image: brown wooden board
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I mean, what would I be doing if I couldn't write? But that fortunately hasn't proved to be the case and I can read any day. I still read a lot, and I can write any day, but much more slowly and fewer words.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Read with care, George Orwell's diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known… with background image: blue sky and white clouds
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Read with care, George Orwell's diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I'm here as a product of process of evolution, which doesn't make very many exceptions. And which rates life relatively cheaply. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I'm here as a product of process of evolution, which doesn't make very many exceptions. And which rates life relatively cheaply.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I retain what's interesting to me, but I don't have a lot of strategic depth. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I retain what's interesting to me, but I don't have a lot of strategic depth.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: I took part in what was actually the last eruption of Marxist internationalism. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I took part in what was actually the last eruption of Marxist internationalism.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: Only the aspirants for president are fool enough to believe what they read in the newspapers. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Only the aspirants for president are fool enough to believe what they read in the newspapers.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I've proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I've proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: Even with all the advantages of retrospect, and a lot of witnesses dead and gone, you can't make your life look as if you intended it or you were consistent. All you can show is how you dealt with va… with background image: purple and blue light illustration
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Even with all the advantages of retrospect, and a lot of witnesses dead and gone, you can't make your life look as if you intended it or you were consistent. All you can show is how you dealt with various hands.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I don't envy or much respect people who are completely politicised. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I don't envy or much respect people who are completely politicised.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The Koran shows every sign of being thrown together by human beings, as do all the other holy books. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The Koran shows every sign of being thrown together by human beings, as do all the other holy books.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: Of course, I do everything for money. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Of course, I do everything for money.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: Lovers often invest their first meetings with retrospective significance, as if to try to conjure the elements of the numinous out of the stubborn witness of the everyday. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Lovers often invest their first meetings with retrospective significance, as if to try to conjure the elements of the numinous out of the stubborn witness of the everyday.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The violence in the Bible is appalling. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The violence in the Bible is appalling.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: In one way, I suppose, I have been 'in denial' for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

In one way, I suppose, I have been 'in denial' for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light.

--Christopher Hitchens

Longer Version:

In one way, I suppose, I have been "in denial" for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light. But for precisely that reason, I can't see myself smiting my brow with shock or hear myself whining about how it's all so unfair: I have been taunting the Reaper into taking a free scythe in my direction and have now succumbed to something so predictable and banal that it bores even me.



quote by Christopher Hitchens: You notice how liberals keep saying, 'If only Islam would have a Reformation' -- it can't have one. It says it can't. It's extremely dangerous in that way. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

You notice how liberals keep saying, 'If only Islam would have a Reformation' -- it can't have one. It says it can't. It's extremely dangerous in that way.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I must have been one of the least surprised people on earth on September 11. I felt very braced for that. I knew something like that was going to come. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I must have been one of the least surprised people on earth on September 11. I felt very braced for that. I knew something like that was going to come.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: I still think like a Marxist in many ways. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I still think like a Marxist in many ways.

--Christopher Hitchens


quote by Christopher Hitchens: It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: Chemotherapy isn't good for you. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Chemotherapy isn't good for you.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: For the people who ostensibly wish me well or are worried about my immortal soul, I say I take it kindly. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

For the people who ostensibly wish me well or are worried about my immortal soul, I say I take it kindly.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving t… with background image: blue and white water waves
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One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: The Islamists will try to spoil everything for everyone. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

The Islamists will try to spoil everything for everyone.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and -- since there is no other metaphor -- also the soul. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and -- since there is no other metaphor -- also the soul.

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quote by Christopher Hitchens: When we talk about mortality, we are talking about our children. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

When we talk about mortality, we are talking about our children.

--Christopher Hitchens

quote by Christopher Hitchens: George Bush made a mistake when he referred to the Saddam Hussein regime as 'evil.' Every liberal and leftist knows how to titter at such black-and-white moral absolutism. with background image: photo of author Christopher Hitchens with quote

George Bush made a mistake when he referred to the Saddam Hussein regime as 'evil.' Every liberal and leftist knows how to titter at such black-and-white moral absolutism.

--Christopher Hitchens
quote by Christopher Hitchens: My favorite time in the cycles of public life is the time when the Pope is dead and they haven't elected a new one. There's no one in the world who is infallible for those weeks. And you know, I don'… with background image: man standing on brown clip
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My favorite time in the cycles of public life is the time when the Pope is dead and they haven't elected a new one. There's no one in the world who is infallible for those weeks. And you know, I don't miss it.

--Christopher Hitchens

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